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"Downton Abbey" Season 5 Trailer Shows Things Are, Of Course, Afoot

"I feel a shaking of the ground I stand on," says Mr. Carson. This can't be good.

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Since viewers last saw the staff of Downton Abbey relaxing by the ocean, the show's metaphorical waters seem to have gotten rougher. In a new trailer for Season 5, which will premiere in the U.K. at the end of September and in the U.S. in January, the house appears riddled with secrets, scandals, stolen grandchildren, fires, and lots and lots of flirting.

Perhaps it has to do with the countess (Elizabeth McGovern) giggling with a man who isn't the earl (Hugh Bonneville).

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That's actor Richard E. Grant (Girls, The Iron Lady), playing Downton newcomer Simon Bricker.

Watch the full trailer here:

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Downton Abbey will premiere Sunday September 21 on ITV, and Sunday January 4 on PBS' Masterpiece. Check your local listings for details.